First Look at Josh Brolin as Cable in ‘Deadpool 2’ Revealed

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He’s no Keira Knightley, but Josh Brolin does look plenty proud as Cable in the upcoming Deadpool 2.

Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool marketing machine extraordinaire, posted two first looks at a heavily scarred and cybernetically enhanced Josh Brolin as Cable on his Twitter. And true to form, he threw in a “premium Cable” joke too.

Just like Reynolds’ previous posts of Zazie Beetz as Domino last week, the Deadpool actor dropped a whopping two photos of Brolin’s Cable: one close-up of Brolin holding a finger up to his mouth and shushing the audience as his cyborg eye glows yellow, the second a full body shot where we can see Cable’s machine arm and machine gun, as well as a beat up teddy bear he carries on his person.

“We all have that one, grumpy, heavily armed Uncle from the future,” Reynolds wrote in the caption for the close-up shot.

Brolin has been beefing up for the role of Cable in 2018’s Deadpool 2, the sequel to 2016’s surprise hit Deadpool, which starred Reynolds as Wade Wilson, a foul-mouthed, self-aware superhero. In the closing credits of Deadpool, Wade promised that Deadpool’s infamous buddy Cable would appear in the sequel and be played by Keira Knightley, in a riff off on the after-credits bumper in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Knightley was busy I guess, and Brolin got cast in the part instead. Since then, he has expressed excitement for the role, posting several pictures of himself working out for the part — and promoting active wear. Hey, he can multitask!

In the comics, Cable is a fellow mercenary descended from Scott Summers and a Jean Grey clone, but his backstory may change for the film. Brolin’s Cable is a time traveling soldier described as being “in many ways the opposite of Deadpool.” In other words, he could be the stoic foil Reynolds’ wisecracking superhero demands.

Cable is an adversary-turned-buddy to Deadpool, first crossing paths with the Merc with a Mouth when Deadpool was tasked with assassinating him. Cable and Deadpool were soon paired together in an extremely popular comic book series and eventually became members of the X-Force, a strike team of mutants with a harsher edge than the regular X-Men.

Reynolds has promised that Deadpool 2 will lay the groundwork for an X-Force movie, and with essential members like Cable and Domino already a part of the Deadpool sequel, it seems like we’re not long for it.

On Wonder Woman And Choosing To Be Chosen

There are a lot of opinions floating around the internet about Wonder Woman.

The movie has dominated the headlines since before its release. It has been discussed and dissected, lauded for its position as a superhero movie, as a war movie, as a feminist movie.

Wonder Woman is all of these things, but it also has a very interesting position within another long-standing movie trope: It is a Chosen One movie — but one with a very interesting take on the story.

Diana chooses herself.

Chosen One narratives have been around probably since time began. If there’s a prophecy to be fulfilled, there is a Chosen One to do it. If there’s an adventure to be adventure, there’s probably a super special character just waiting to take up the cause. King Arthur is a Chosen One. Hell, you could probably argue that Gilgamesh fits the bill as well. Chosen Ones are a longstanding tradition in fiction, but there has been a particular increase in the kind of storytelling in the last few decades, especially in young adult fiction. Think about Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Katniss Everdeen, Tris Prior, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Neo from The Matrix, Emmet from The LEGO Movie. All of these characters fall into one category of Chosen One or another.

And now we have Wonder Woman.

Most of these stories follow a few major plot points. A character is thrust into a new situation — magical school, Hunger Games, pulled from the Matrix — and is then told by others around them that they are somehow special, that they are the only ones who can defeat the Big Bad. In many of those stories with male chosen ones, there is a female character who is more qualified than the “chosen one” who has been waiting for that character to show up and save the day.

One of the most common elements of these stories, though, is the uncertainty and self-doubt that these characters feel. Neo doesn’t accept that he is The One until the end of the movie. It takes Katniss nearly all three books (and four movies) to start to accept her position as the inspiration for a political movement. Harry Potter spends nearly all seven books complaining about his lot in life. Buffy just wants to be a normal teenage girl.

Then you introduce Diana and things get flipped on their head.

Diana is a Chosen One. She is a special member of a group of people who, for reasons that have nothing to do with her and everything to do with the circumstances surrounding her birth, is the only one who can defeat the ultimate evil, Ares. She is the Godkiller, the daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta, created with the express purpose of destroying the God of War once and for all.

The thing is, Diana doesn’t know this. Her mother and fellow Amazons refuse to tell her of her true origins or her destiny for fear it will send her running into danger for which she is ill-prepared. Of course, this doesn’t stop her from realizing her destiny on her own. Diana has grown up training with the Amazons, hearing their stories, living their beliefs about their sacred duty to protect the world from Ares and to intervene in times of war. Even though Diana is the only member of her people who doesn’t seem to know her true destiny, she is also, somehow, the only one willing to take that destiny on. She chooses for herself, long before she ever knows that she never had a choice.

Diana is a new kind of Chosen One, one who takes on the burden of her destiny without being asked. Unlike her predecessors of this genre, that destiny, that sense of purpose, does not weigh heavily on her soul. Rather, it gives her the courage and conviction to stare down those who would tell her what she wants is impossible. It is the reason she is able to walk across No Man’s Land and inspire an army to free an oppressed and broken people. It is what further inspires Steve to make his own sacrifice to save the day. And ultimately, it is her own belief that she can and will fulfill the sacred duty of her people that allows her to accept her secret fate as a demigod and to defeat, not only Ares the man, but the seeds of doubt he places within that conviction.

Unlike those who came before her, Diana chooses herself, first. Fate’s only role is to confirm what she has known all along.

Giant Dabs of Thick Oil Paint Captured as Hyperrealist Colored Pencil Drawings

Australian artist Cj Hendry (previously) tricks the eye with her hyper-realistic drawings, works that recreate the appearance of thick swabs of brightly colored paint. To achieve the dimensionality and sheen of fresh oil paint she layers dry pigment atop colored pencil, accurately portraying the liquid medium’s viscosity.

The series, Complimentary Colors, is far different than the artist’s previous style, which for several years had been exclusively black and white. You can view pieces from her past and present, as well as a series of billboard-sized works, on the artist’s Instagram. (via My Modern Met)

Queen Elizabeth hates eating Garlic

We already know Queen Elizabeth II enjoys a daily cocktail or twoand stays away from potatoes and pasta, but there’s another ingredient she despises so much that it’s not even allowed in the Buckingham Palace kitchen: garlic.

Former royal chef Darren McGrady dishes to RecipesPlus: “We can never serve anything with garlic or too much onions,” McGrady says. “We also couldn’t serve meat that was rare, as she liked her meat more well done.”

John Higgins, another former chef who cooked for the Queen, shared similar thoughts with National Post, saying, “The Queen is a wonderful lady, the royal family are wonderful people but they’re missing out on garlic because at Buckingham Palace you don’t cook with garlic. I suppose, in case you get the royal burp.”

So what does the Queen enjoy eating? McGrady says the Queen likes to eat what’s in season. “You can send strawberries every day to The Queen during summer at Balmoral and she’ll never say a word,” he shares. “Try including strawberries on the menu in January and she’ll scrub out the line and say don’t dare send me genetically modified strawberries. She absolutely does eat seasonal.”